David "Dudu" Aouate
(, pronounced Dūdū Ahwaht
; born 17 October 1977 in Nazareth Illit
) is an Israeli footballer
who plays for RCD Mallorca
, as a goalkeeper
Aouate began his career at Maccabi Haifa F.C.
at youth level, as an understudy to Nir Davidovich
. Wanting first team football he was loaned to Hapoel Nazareth Illit
but never got a real chance until he transferred to Hapoel Haifa FC
, having been assured that he would be the club's first-choice, but he again found himself struggling to establish himself as such.
Early in the 1998–99 season
, however, the team's regular, Avi Peretz
, was injured and Aouate took his place. Hapoel eventually won the championship that year and he was praised for his performances. By the time Peretz recovered, Aouate was irreplaceable.
Aouate's performances for Hapoel saw him get called up to the Israel national football team
in 1999. In 2001–02
, Aouate returned to Maccabi Haifa as a cover for Davidovich who was seriously injured. They won the championship, and Aouate established himself as the undisputed first-choice. He also gained increasing recognition after performing fabulously for the national team, and was soon considered by many the leading goalkeeper in the country.
During the 2002–03 season, Aouate was the starter as Maccabi played
in the UEFA Champions League
, the first time an Israeli squad made it to the group stage of the competition. Haifa finished in third place in their group following a... Read More